1950 NBA Draft
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1950 NBA Draft

1950 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)April 25, 1950
LocationChicago, Illinois
121 total selections in 12 rounds
Chuck Share, Boston Celtics
← 1949
1951 →

The 1950 NBA draft was the fourth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). This is the first draft after the Basketball Association of America (BAA) was renamed the NBA. The draft was held on April 25, 1950, before the 1950-51 season. In this draft, 12 remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. The Chicago Stags participated in the draft but folded prior to the start of the season.[1] The draft consisted of 12 rounds comprising 121 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Chuck Share from Bowling Green State University was selected first overall by the Boston Celtics. Paul Arizin from Villanova University was selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' territorial pick. The sixth pick, Irwin Dambrot, did not play in the NBA and opted for a career as a dentist.[2] Four players from this draft, Paul Arizin, Bob Cousy, George Yardley and Bill Sharman, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[3]

Chuck Cooper, the 12th pick, and Earl Lloyd, the 100th pick, were the first African Americans to be drafted by an NBA team.[4] Lloyd became the first African American to play in the NBA on October 31, 1950, one day before Cooper made his debut.[5][6]


Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game


Chuck Share was the first overall selection.
Two basketball players are going after a basketball, while another player are watching from behind.
Bob Cousy (left) was selected third overall by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
T - Paul Arizin^ G/F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
1 1 Chuck Share C  United States Boston Celtics Bowling Green
1 2 Don Rehfeldt F  United States Baltimore Bullets Wisconsin
1 3 Bob Cousy^ G  United States Tri-Cities Blackhawks Holy Cross
1 4 Dick Schnittker F  United States Washington Capitols Ohio State
1 5 Larry Foust* F/C  United States Chicago Stags La Salle
1 6 Irwin Dambrot# F  United States New York Knicks CCNY
1 7 George Yardley^ G/F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Stanford
1 8 Bob Lavoy F/C  United States Indianapolis Olympians Western Kentucky
1 9 Joe McNamee F/C  United States Rochester Royals San Francisco
1 10 Kevin O'Shea G  United States Minneapolis Lakers Notre Dame
1 11 Don Lofgran F/C  United States Syracuse Nationals San Francisco
2 12 Chuck Cooper^ F  United States Boston Celtics Duquesne
2 13 John Pilch F  United States Baltimore Bullets Wyoming
2 14 Ed Dahler F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Duquesne
2 15 Ed Gayda G/F  United States Tri-Cities Blackhawks Washington State
2 16 Bill Sharman^ G  United States Washington Capitols USC
2 17 Wally Osterkorn F/C  United States Chicago Stags Illinois
2 18 Herb Scherer C  United States New York Knicks Long Island
2 19 Jim Riffey F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Tulane
2 20 Paul Unruh# F  United States Indianapolis Olympians Bradley
2 21 George Stanich# G/F  United States Rochester Royals UCLA
2 22 Hal Haskins# G/F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Hamline
2 23 Gerald Calabrese G  United States Syracuse Nationals St. John's

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[7][8]

A tall African American man wearing purple suit is shaking hand with another African American man wearing a uniform, while three other men is watching on the background.
Earl Lloyd (right) was selected 100th overall and became the first African American to play in the NBA.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
3 24 Bob Donham G/F  United States Boston Celtics Ohio State
3 25 Dick Dickey G  United States Baltimore Bullets NC State
3 28 Alan Sawyer F  United States Washington Capitols UCLA
3 31 Art Burris F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Tennessee
3 32 Chuck Mrazovich F  United States Indianapolis Olympians Eastern Kentucky
4 40 Tommy O'Keefe G  United States Washington Capitols Georgetown
4 41 Ken Murray G/F  United States Chicago Stags St. Bonaventure
4 46 Bud Grant F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
5 49 Norm Mager F  United States Baltimore Bullets CCNY
5 50 Ike Borsavage F/C  United States Philadelphia Warriors Temple
5 51 Cal Christensen F/C  United States Tri-Cities Blackhawks Toledo
5 52 Claude Overton G  United States Washington Capitols East Central State
5 58 Ed Beach F  United States Minneapolis Lakers West Virginia
6 60 Francis Mahoney F  United States Boston Celtics Brown
6 68 Ralph O'Brien G  United States Indianapolis Olympians Butler
7 80 Leon Blevins G  United States Indianapolis Olympians Arizona
7 82 Joe Hutton G  United States Minneapolis Lakers Hamline
8 89 George King G  United States Chicago Stags Morris Harvey
9 99 Nate DeLong C  United States Tri-Cities Blackhawks River Falls State
9 100 Earl Lloyd F/C  United States Washington Capitols West Virginia State

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1950 draft, but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality College
Ed Earle F  United States Loyola (Illinois)
Al Masino G  United States Canisius
Andy O'Donnell G  United States Loyola (Maryland)
Bob Wilson G  United States West Virginia State


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  1. ^ Ballantini, Brett (April 17, 2006). "Stag Party". NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on December 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ Anderson, Dave (February 14, 1995). "Sports of The Times; Nat Holman 'Taught Team Basketball'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ Washburn, Gary (February 9, 2007). "Inside the NBA: Black pioneers due respect". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst Seattle Media, LLC. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ Ramsey, David (February 16, 2005). "Earl Lloyd: A Basketball Pioneer". NBA.com/Sixers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ Axelrod, Phil (December 6, 2009). "Duquesne honors legacy of Chuck Cooper". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1950.html
  8. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1950

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